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Happy Holidays

This last week wrapped up my two-week rotation at the Salvation Army clinic. It was an interesting experience with many patient care challenges not seen at other clinics. The patients at Salvation Army are part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Along with musculoskeletal issues, many of the patients also have associated chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease or liver disease. 

Due to it being a holiday week, the clinic hours/days were less than normal with a very light patient load. With it being such a busy time of year, many patients were not able to keep their appointments or had to reschedule.

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Wednesday evening, Rob and I had to prepare a pumpkin cheesecake to take home with us for Thanksgiving. We make the same cheesecake every year, but when the time comes to make it we forget how long the process actually takes. We started the preparation and baking around 7 p.m. and didn't finish until close to midnight. There's the prep, baking the crust, making the filling, baking the cake, letting it cool, making the sour cream topping, and letting the entire cheesecake set. But when all is said and done, the cake turned out wonderful and tasted great!

Early Thursday morning we drove down to Indianapolis to spend the holiday with family. We had a lovely day of cooking, catching up, great food, wine, and lots of laughter. The quote of the day came from Rob's nephew when he let us know what one website listed as the most common topic brought up at Thanksgiving dinners. Apparently the topic most brought up is sad stories about relatives or family friends that most people either don't remember or have never met. We all had a good laugh about that one.

This blog marks the last blog for this trimester. I hope I have given some good insight into what life as a chiropractic intern is like. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you and will have lots more to share come spring 2014, my 10th and last trimester of graduate school! 

Have a safe and happy holiday season! Wishing you all the best!

Salvation Army Rotation

In clinic this week, I am on my Salvation Army rotation. All ninth trimester interns do a two-week rotation through either the morning or afternoon Salvation Army clinics, and there is an opportunity for five permanent clinic spots for your ninth and tenth trimester clinical internship. With my new job and crazy work schedule, I had to switch around some of my shifts, and I am doing both morning and afternoon.

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The clinics are drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities. National University offers physical exams, chiropractic care, and supplementation to the residents there. As an intern rotating through the clinic, I am in charge of "new man exams." These are full physical exams that include a hernia exam before the residents start work at Salvation Army. If there is extra time after the exam, I am able to give them treatment for any conditions diagnosed or wellness care. 

Acupuncture Elective

This week in my acupuncture elective we covered the urinary bladder and kidney meridians. The urinary bladder channel consists of 67 points and begins at the corner of the eye, goes around the top of the head, down the back and leg, and ends at the outer tip of the little toe. The urinary bladder is a water-energy yang organ. An imbalance in the urinary bladder meridian can cause such psychological symptoms as habitual fear, lack of decision-making capability and a diminished moral character. This meridian is also great for chronic tension and pain, which may be relieved by stimulating the flow of energy along the spinal branches of the bladder meridian.

The paired organ to the urinary bladder is the kidney and is considered a water-energy yin organ. The kidney meridian consists of 27 points and starts at the bottom of the foot, goes up the front of the leg, abdomen, and ends on the front of the chest around the first rib. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys control sexual and reproductive functions and provide the body's prime source of sexual vitality, which they regard as a major indicator of health and immunity. Weak kidney energy is therefore a prime cause of anemia and immune deficiency. The negative psycho-emotional attributes of this channel are fear, loneliness, insecurity, and shock (which attacks the heart first then descends into the kidneys to become fear). A really interesting point, KD 1, which is on the bottom of the foot, is really good for intractable pain often experienced by cancer patients.